MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | July 2020 Edition

Our sincere apologies for our absenteeism with our monthly MBrief newsletter. We searched for some fresh, innovative news to share, but all we could find was stuff about a pandemic that seems to be going on. So, as the coronavirus invades our new normal, health care and technology have taken a hard-right hand turn to learn more of the spread, and makes us wonder, are our actions working? Read more about some pros and cons of the pandemic: social media keeps us connected and informed, but we’re all in front of a screen even more than before, probably time to get those eyes checked.

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

If It’s #1 or #2 … The Facts Are There For You.

No matter what language we speak, what food we eat, how we dress, whom we pray to, or even the music we listen to, like perhaps a good show-tune… Regardless, across the world, every human on this earth, must drink water, and release it. By studying the wastewater of the world, scientists can track this pandemic and how it spreads. At this point, they are hoping this information can aid in the expectations of a second wave of the coronavirus and how it will travel across the globe.

Cover Me, Cover You, CoverGirl, Oh Boy, Take Cover

So where do you stand with the mask on…mask off debate? Do you feel like your freedom to choose is being threatened? Are you at risk of receiving the coronavirus?

The debate teeters with, no way, it’s a hassle, the coronavirus is a hoax, and I am very healthy, I feel fine. Or yes, it’s my job, and I am required to, I don’t want to get my children/grandparents sick, and why wouldn’t I, it’s better to be safe. But the real question is, are the masks making a difference? Some say yes, some say no…and the debate continues. Read on.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

Just because you don’t wear glasses, doesn’t mean you don’t need to see an eye doctor. You have eyes, right? With the blue-screen overload we all experience today, our eyes are working overtime. It is suggested to have an eye exam at least every other year. Don’t have an eye doctor? That’s not a good excuse, consider the quick, easy option of getting your eyes checked at stores that offer optical clinics. This year is the perfect time to start this practice….2020.

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

For those that have claimed, “My team can NEVER work from home…” well, that argument has been altered, hasn’t it? Thrown into unique working conditions, for the COVID-19 health concern, and being forced to adapt, for who knows how long, can certainly test your business’ future. Workplace and multi-generational expert, Lindsey Pollack joins remotely with Side Affects hosts, Kenzie and Scott, to share some key ingredients that help your workforce adjust in this time of crisis. Some key takeaway words: Agility, Gratitude, Patience, Trust, Clarity and Boundaries. Listen in as Lindsey relates to multiple generations and their approach going forward.

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Health Coaching – Learn the Language of Engagement – Webinar On-Demand

Due to COVID-19, all Learning Centers will now be presented as webinars. This particular Learning Center will be pre-recorded and available on-demand on July 15th!

Some employees may want to change their behavior for insurance purposes or just life in general, i.e. tobacco cessation or weight loss. How do you, as their manager, or HR director interact with them and improve their engagement? By attending this Learning Center with Kriss Haren, a trained counselor of Health Coaching with Motivational Interviewing, you will learn about the different styles of talk that Health Coaches can facilitate for behavior change to employees at any stage of change. LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF ENGAGEMENT!

This class has been approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM CE Credits

Presenter: Kriss Haren MA, MS, Behavioral Educator at Kettering Health Outreach

Kriss is licensed in the State of Ohio as a supervising professional clinical counselor and has more than 30 years of experience. Since 2009, Kriss has completed advanced training in the clinical application of MI, supervision of MI in clinical settings, and the very competitive “Training of New Trainers.” Kriss has trained over 4,000 professionals from numerous fields, including behavioral health, medical and allied health services, education, and dietetics. She is member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

In 2013, Kriss created Collaborative Communication Consulting & Training Services, LLC, in order to continue the work of improving patient engagement, patient-provider communication, and inter-professional communication through MI training and specialized consultation services. She currently works with clients from several states as well as in Canada. Kriss serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton, where she teaches MI to behavioral health graduate students. Kriss is also a Registered Health Coach at the Expert level with HealthSciences Institute of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wednesday, July 15th | Available on Demand

To Post or Not to Post?

Hello HR Execs, it’s finally time for you to join the social media revolution. Embrace social media and use the tools that your employees will understand and accept. With the straight-forward tips listed below, you are one step closer to trending all the way home.

How Social Media Can Help During & After a Pandemic

Never in one million years, did I think I would live through a global pandemic. Businesses all over the world had to adapt. Whether they closed their doors, temporarily or indefinitely, implemented "work from home" strategies or were essential workers during this time... life was weird, hard, scary, and different. Fortunately, McGohan Brabender was able to continue working and serving our employees and clients -- and social media was at the forefront of this "new normal." Here are some ways social media helped our team navigate the Coronavirus. Hopefully, you can apply these tips to your own business as we work through this 2020 health crisis.

SOCIAL MEDIA DURING A PANDEMIC CAN: keep co-workers connected while working from home. Thankfully, ZOOM and Microsoft Teams were two beneficial tools that kept our workforce connected. Our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram pages never stopped churning out new content. Employees were now viewing each other's living rooms and "WFH" stations -- even their furry co-workers got their 15 minutes of fame. We modified our face-to-face presentations and podcasts into virtual events. With social media, we were able to spread the word and get incredible results and participation!

SOCIAL MEDIA DURING A PANDEMIC CAN: quickly and easily share new health guidelines and work policies to follow. We added an entire COVID-19 Resource Center to our website with valuable information about carrier updates, employer resources, health updates from the CDC and WHO, and state and federal guidelines. We compiled essential COVID-19 news and created the "Daily Update," a newsletter sent out to clients every day. Our information was downloadable, printable, and shareable, and we were able to utilize social media to get important updates out to our people.

SOCIAL MEDIA DURING A PANDEMIC CAN: keep employees and clients engaged and, most importantly, hopeful. During the pandemic, we worked to keep our social media channels positive, helpful, and reassuring. We shared the most critical COVID-19 updates as well as information about how to be prepared, stay healthy, protect your loved ones, and more. When it felt appropriate, we hosted a face-mask selfie challenge as well as a social-distancing photo challenge. We thanked our #HealthCareHeroes and shared Zoom photos with each other. We are getting through these difficult times by working together.

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

COVID-19 Pandemic has Fertilized Technology

As the pandemic continues to spread, it reminds us of the concept, “Chaos proceeds Great Change”- generally speaking, the coronavirus has pushed us to be innovated, think outside of our cubicle, and be creative with our PPE. This coronavirus chaos has us thinking, even modernizing ideas we have already established. Certain modifications have been necessary to adapt to our pandemic needs; for example, telehealth has branched out beyond the simple doctor’s visit. Read more about how technology like 3D Printing, robots, and drones have been essential for keeping human contact to a minimum.

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